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A New Hotel Will Open in Minneapolis with a Book Butler on Staff (And Other Hotel News)

July 30, 2012 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's even more hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· It's Ok to Be a Geek at This Hotel: There's a new hotel coming to Minneapolis and it's going after geeks. The Commons Hotel will open on 10.11.12 and according to this press release the vibe is "industrial schoolhouse chic." Whatever that means! There will also be a Geek Chic suite and nerdy stay and play experiences and amenities such as alchemist mixology lessons, Book Butlers, Sudoku sleep-ins and a scholarly shopping shuttle for museum shop hopping. More brainiac diversions to the nearby University of Minnesota campus are also planned and even sports fanatics will find ways to indulge at the new hotel. The website is up and running here but rezzies won't begin for another few weeks.

· The Waldorf-Astoria in Panama Gets an Official Name: We already knew that Hilton was taking its luxe Waldorf Astoria brand to Panama but today they let us know that the 248-room hotel will officially go by the name Waldorf Astoria Panama. We like it. Simple and easy to remember. The hotel will open on January 1, 2013 with rates starting at just $219 a night.

· NYLO Dallas South Side to Open Soon: It's been a while since we checked in with the luxury loft loving NYLO Hotels but we're pleased to see they are still expanding...at least in Dallas. The NYLO Dallas South Side, the 3rd NYLO for the area, will be opening on August 17 at 1325 South Lamar at Belleview with 76 guest rooms, the SODA Bar--a destination roof top infinity pool and glass-enclosed bar and lounge with panoramic view of downtown Dallas--and the Terrace Bistro. We found rates for $209 a night for a NYLO Dlux King room.

· Dancing in the JW Marriott : Someone tipped us off to this hotel-themed dance video filmed at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids in Michigan. It features hip-hop choreographer Markus Shields dancing his way through the hotel stay from check-in to riding the elevator, hanging out in his suite, getting a massage and even bursting in on other hotel guests. It's definitely a cool way to advertise for the hotel (the place even has a helipad!) and the ending shot with him jumping in the beds had us wishing we could do the same but four minutes of a man dancing around a hotel can get a little old. Maybe cut it down to two? (BTW, unlike other YouTube videos about hotels, this one only has about 4,700 views.)

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